Stage Presentation: Should We Hack the Earth's Climate?
- December 1-6, 2013
- Boston, Massachusetts
Charles Black, Elisabetta Comini, Gitti Frey, Kristi Kiick, Loucas Tsakalakos
David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science
Tuesday, December 3
Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C, materials2
David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science, Boston
Hack the Earth's Climate?
Fertilizing the oceans with
iron, spraying seawater to brighten clouds, or mimicking volcanoes to dim the
sky – these are just a few of the techniques some scientists and policymakers
have proposed for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
This presentation discussed examples of geoengineering strategies for
large-scale, intentional alteration of the climate system. Attendees learned about how
these techniques might work, the potential for unintended consequences, and
considered the potential impacts and tradeoffs of these choices upon different
people in society.
David Sittenfeld is manager of the
Museum of Science's Forum Program, which engages citizens, policymakers and
scientists in conversations around emerging scientific and technological
issues. He regularly gives talks on topics in current science and technology
at the Museum, delivers demonstrations in the exhibit halls, and manages
special programs and exhibit projects. Sittenfeld is a member of the
executive committee for Expert & Citizen Assessment
of Science & Technology, the program group for the Nanoscale Informal Science
Education Network, and the outreach planning committee for the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical
Society, having received the ACS Salute to Excellence Award in 2011.
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